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All About Whidbey Island

- by Jodie Vinson

A rich strip of land lying between the Washington state mainland and the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey is home to many farmers and small town residents who enjoy the seclusion and calm weather privileges of lying in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Visitors also take advantage of the mild climate and stunning views surrounding the island, from Deception Pass in the North to Whidbey and Ebey State Parks. Whether you are discovering the historic seaport of Langley, tasting the local lore of the Penn Cove Mussels, hiking through a state park, or kayaking the surrounding waters, Whidbey's small towns and unique island topography provide a delightful rural escape from the mainland.

Whidbey was home to many Native American tribes before discovered by a 1790 Spanish expedition. It was soon after explored more extensively by Captain Vancouver. Joseph Whidbey then circumnavigated and mapped the island, causing Vancouver to give the island his name. When Charles Wilkes explored the area for the United States in the 1830's he found the largest community of Native Americans in the Puget Sound residing within the rich resources of the island. Isaac Ebey was the first permanent settler on the island, farming along Admiralty Inlet. He was beheaded by Haida Indians in an act of retaliation and commemorated in the naming of Fort Ebey. The land encompassing the fort is now a federally maintained National Historical Reserve. Such preservation of the island's natural landscape along with welcoming communities of creative artists and farmers make Whidbey one of the greatest getaways in the Puget Sound.

Community Links:

Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce

Whidbey Island Chamber of Commerce

The Whidbey Examiner Regional Newspaper

Whidbey Island Visitors Guide

South Whidbey Visitors Guide

Whidbey Island Visitors Guide for Lodging

Island County Web

Navel Air Station Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island Writers Association

Whidbey island Bed & Breakfast Association

Whidbey Island Association of Realtors